There was confusion on Agbe Road in the
Abule Egba area of Lagos State on
Wednesday after a suspected kidnapper
snatched a girl from her mother and
attempted to escape with her on a
Our correspondent learnt that the mother
of the two-year-old, while raising the alarm
that her daughter was abducted by the
kidnapper, chased the motorcycle.
PUNCH Metro gathered that her cry got the
attention of some pedestrians and
motorcyclists who also joined in the chase.
They were said to have caught up with the
suspect, identified only as Haruna, dragged
him from the motorcycle and beaten him
to a pulp.
The 35-year-old suspect, who was stripped
naked and injured, was reportedly handed
over to policemen from the Oko Oba
A motorcyclist in the area, who gave his
name only as Saheed, said the suspect,
while at speed, dropped the girl when he
realised the woman and other
motorcyclists were on his trail.
He added that the decision did not pacify
the mob, who were determined to get him.
He said, “The child was walking beside the
mother around 3pm; they were heading for
a shop. The suspect, who rode a
motorcycle, suddenly grabbed the child and
sped off. The woman started shouting and
running after the man.
“Although the man was almost out of
sight, other motorcyclists and pedestrians
began to give him a chase. There was
confusion in the area as everyone
mobilised to assist the woman get the
“We thank God that it was a successful
effort. When the man saw that other
motorcyclists were closing in on him, he
dropped the girl, but the people refused to
“He was caught and stripped naked; he got
the beating of his life. He was almost
killed by the mob before some people
dragged him to the Oko Oba Police
Our correspondent learnt that the child
was taken to a hospital for treatment for
the injuries she sustained during the
The Lagos State Police Public Relations
Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the
incident, adding that the suspect would be
charged to court.
She said, “Haruna was apprehended by
members of the public and handed over to
the police. He sustained injuries from the
mob attack. He is currently undergoing
treatment under custody. He will be
charged to court at the conclusion of